6 March 2013

The dream is possible, so dream big [IWSG]

You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling

This month's edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group isn't about me. It's a reminder that we can dream big, and we can achieve those dreams.

Some of you might know Liz de Jager, who's been blogging at her place for about 4 years. Liz has some good geek cred and is also known to dabble in storytelling. Well, guess what Liz went and did?

She got a book deal.

With Tor UK.

For three books.

Super awesome congratulations to you, Liz! Here's a snippet from the press release:
De Jager said: ‘I’m thrilled beyond words to be joining the league of Tor UK authors. Tor has consistently
published some of the best genre and YA fiction to be found in the market and for them to take on my
three Blackhart Legacy titles is a dream come true. I believe Tor UK is the right home for Kit Blackhart and
I cannot wait to share the first book in the series with you in early 2014.’
For those of you who have resigned yourselves to never getting published, not getting an agent, or not getting picked up by one of the Big 6 book publishers - why not? What's stopping you? This shows that you can aim high and achieve great things. It's very possible, but it begins with you believing that you have the capacity for greatness.

You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

What are your writing dreams? Don't forget to dream big!

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This post is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly blog hop set up by the Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. It's a place where writers and bloggers can share their anxieties and insecurities with one another, offer advice and support one another. You can find full details and a list of participants on the Insecure Writer's Support Group page, and you can also follow it on Twitter at #IWSG.


  1. Wow congrats to Liz! Tor UK... what a way to make it. :D Someday...

  2. Congrats to her on the book deal, that's awesome. Sometimes the thing stopping us....is 'us'. We need to remember that.

    Great post!

  3. Excellent news. Congrats to Liz.

  4. You guys! How cool is this? And trust me: dreams come true. I love the blogpost - thanks so much Jamie - I did a little squeal when my husband sent it to me. You star!!

  5. I really needed this today! I usually dream pretty big, but I've been in a slump recently. This has really helped to pick me up, thank you! And huge congrats to Liz!

  6. Congratulations, Liz!! Yes, it is possible. Can't do it if we don't believe though.
    Great news today, Jamie.

  7. Wow, this is so cool. Thank you for sharing the good news, and the reminder that dreams can come true!

  8. The best of success to Liz. And this post made me smile. Yes indeed, dream big.

  9. Holy crap on signing with TOR!! That's awesome! I've only ever heard great things about them from authors who are signed with them.

  10. 'She got a book deal.

    With Tor UK.

    For three books.'

    WOW! Yay!! Sincerest congratulations to Liz, that is just lovely, lovely, lovely. Lurvely. Have a beautiful day, girl, you've *earned* it!

  11. This is a great ISWG post, very motivating! Anything is possible if we work hard enough :)

  12. So inspiring! I'm always happy to read posts like this. Congrats to Liz!

  13. Congrats to Liz! And a great reminder for everyone else to keep going. ;)

  14. Way to go, Liz. I love hearing those kind of stories.

  15. Amen to That
    Congrats Liz- that is fabulous news!
    And thank you Jamie for the timely kick in the behind :)
    Laura x

  16. Ooh, TOR is my favourite publisher! Congrats, Liz!

    Allison (Geek Banter)

  17. Very important words indeed. I think we sometimes get caught up in making it, that we forget to dream big dreams.

  18. Awesome, congratulations to her! Every success story is an inspiration.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  19. A great reminder that we need to keep trying and not get too discouraged. Thanks for the encouragement, Jamie.

  20. Thank you for the boost! Just when I'd decided to stop querying for a while... I've got to fix up my current story and start querying all over again!


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